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Spoken Giants is a new royalty administration agency that claims to be the first of its kind for copyright holders of spoken-word works including comedians, podcasters, speeches, lectures and the like. Founded by former BMI executive Jim King and 800 Pound Gorilla Records co-founders Ryan Bitzer and Damion Greiman, according to the announcement Spoken Giants represents hundreds of members, including Lewis Black, Dan
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TV giant Vizio is folding Inscape, its data and analytics subsidiary, into its TV platform business — a move designed to boost Vizio’s connected-TV ad business and its streaming-app experiences for consumers. With the reorganization, Inscape will continue to power “select measurement and advertising use cases,” but the engineering and technology teams will now be
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Scopely continues to attract buckets of bucks for its free-to-play mobile games business. And after banking $340 million in fresh capital, the company is renewing the hunt for new acquisitions to continue its growth trajectory. With the new funding, L.A.-based Scopely now has a $3.3 billion post-money valuation, nearly doubling the valuation in just under
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Amazon’s Audible audiobook unit wants to become a full-fledged podcast network: It announced that it has added about 100,000 podcast shows — comprising some 3 million episodes — to the service, available free to members and non-members alike. The free podcasts now available on Audible include “Pod Save America,” “You’re Wrong About,” “This American Life,”
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T-Mobile took the wraps off its new suite of TVision pay-TV streaming services aimed at cord-cutters — which promise more flexible options for buying over-the-top television. The wireless carrier is providing three separate TVision programming tiers: TVision Live (up to three streams per account), which centers on live sports, news and local TV; TVision Vibe
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Just a few weeks before its planned Nov. 19 launch, developer CD Projekt Red has again pushed back its highly anticipated “Cyberpunk 2077” 21 days to Dec. 10. In an announcement on the “Cyberpunk 2077” Twitter page, director Adam Badowski and CD Projekt co-founder and joint CEO Marcin Iwinski cited the struggles of preparing the
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T-Mobile is taking an aggressive new swing at the U.S. pay-TV sector, threatening to further roil the market’s dynamics: The carrier announced a new suite of TVision internet packages, available nationwide, that start at just $10 per month. With the new over-the-top TV play, T-Mobile wants to attract cord-cutters — and also poach existing cable
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Tencent Music Entertainment Group, the leading online music entertainment platform in China, and Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the world’s independent labels, have renewed their multi-year licensing and cooperation agreement. According to the announcement, as part of the renewal, TME and Merlin will “deepen their longstanding strategic partnership, explore ways to drive the
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UPDATED: Twitch, the rapidly growing livestreaming platform, and its owner Amazon received a blistering letter on Thursday signed by multiple major U.S. music organizations including the RIAA, the Recording Academy, the National Music Publishers Association, the Music Managers Forum, the American Association of Independent Music, SAG-AFTRA and more than a dozen others over its lack
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Here comes a new big-data approach trying to crack the age-old problem of understanding what a TV show or movie is really about. Entertainment-analytics startup Vody is coming out of stealth after more than two years of development and testing. Co-founders and co-CEOs Stephanie Horbaczewski and Jeremy Houghton, who both were previously top execs at
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It could be quite a fire sale after Quibi’s nearly $2 billion flameout: The Jeffrey Katzenberg-founded company has tapped LionTree to manage the process of selling Quibi’s assets, following its decision to shut down. A rep for LionTree confirmed that the firm has been enlisted by Quibi in an advisory capacity to evaluate in-bound inquiries
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Prominent media technologists discussed how the pandemic has altered their content flow as distribution platforms for digital entertainment see increased viewership. Presented by Western Digital, Variety hosted the Innovators in Media Technology Management, a panel with leading executives as part of the Variety Streaming Room series. The conversation, moderated by Variety’s New York digital editor
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Tencent Pictures this week stepped out alongside fellow Tencent subsidiaries New Classics Media and China Literature (aka Yuewen Media) to present for the first time a joint, collaborative film and TV production strategy. Tencent Pictures and Hong Kong-listed e-book platform China Literature were both established in 2015. Production firm New Classics Media was established in
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PlayStation 5, Sony’s next-generation console, will have a batch of entertainment apps when it ships next month — and a dedicated remote control. Set to ship starting Nov. 12, the PS5’s initial lineup will include apps for Apple TV, Disney Plus, Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, Hulu, Amazon’s Twitch, and WarnerMedia’s Crunchyroll anime service. Services absent from
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SiriusXM continues to report progress in its contract negotiations with star personality Howard Stern as the company revealed its third-quarter earnings, with revenue up 1% at $2.025 billion and income up 11% to $272 million. Stern’s contract expires at the end of the year and has been a constant topic of conversation in the company’s business
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Boutique production firm Lucia Entertainment is launching “Go Green,” a new digital series aimed at inspiring Americans to reduce their carbon footprint, save money, and live a healthy life through clean energy solutions — with an assist from actors Mark Ruffalo and Don Cheadle, who make cameo appearances in the show. The unscripted, short-form digital
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Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitch, the popular video game livestreaming platform, to get out the vote — to 435,000 simultaneous viewers. On Monday, Ocasio-Cortez announced on Twitter that she was looking to play “Among Us,” the massively popular murder mystery video game, on Twitch to encourage people to vote. On Tuesday night, she launched
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